Scored 17 goals and 33 assists with a plus-23 rating in 81 games, marking career highs in each catergory, during his second season with the Islanders...Led the team in plus-minus rating, tied for second in assists and finished third in points and fourth in penalty minutes (47)...Recorded 10 multi-point games, including a career-high, four-point game (1g/3a) on Dec. 31 at Winnipeg...The Islanders were 12-2-2 when he scored a goal...Named a Star of the Game seven times, including three First Star honors...Had a three-point game (1g/2a) on Nov. 21 at Pittsburgh...Had three, four-game point streaks in the second half of the season...Recorded his first career two-goal game on Feb. 16 vs. NY Rangers.
2015 Playoffs: Scored a goal in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 at Washington on Apr. 15.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3